I spent most of my childhood in Austin Texas and graduated from Westlake High School in 1989, where I was involved in fencing. While I was in high school, I decided to become a doctor after watching my dad who was himself a physician. From him, I learned that being a physician was not an occupation but a calling. I always admired my father becoming an advocate for his patients. I learned that the patient-doctor relationship is special and is based upon tremendous responsibility and trust. These are the qualities that guided me to become a doctor. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and my medical degree from the University of Illinois, School of Medicine.
I developed an interest and decided to specialize in gastroenterology while doing research. During the initial part of my career, I was recognized for my work with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). I was the first to recognize that fructose sugar (which has many industrial applications) caused symptoms similar to IBS. This discovery caused a quite a stir at that time, although it has now become common knowledge. I also co-wrote a chapter in Conn’s Therapeutic Manual years ago updating this information.
Prior to joining The Portland Clinic, I was the chief of gastroenterology at the Skagit Valley Regional Clinic at Mt Vernon, Washington. I joined The Portland Clinic so that I could live in a city like no other with my wife, two daughters, and my “best friend” Toto, a 20 lb. black poodle.
Locations: Downtown, Tigard